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The Great Maine Apple Day: Learn, Taste, Share, Enjoy!
October 25, noon to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place on Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers. More information.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Corn lobby cashes in on tax compromise
Grist - 12/13/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The latest version of the compromise, which is expected to, pass this week, would deliver a one-year extension of a tax break for ethanol use that costs the public about $5 billion per year. The tax break is absurd. It adds to farmers' incentives to plant as much corn as possible and goose up yields by dumping on fertilizer.
A Big Win for Healthy Food in Our Schools
Alternet - 12/13/2010.
By Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi – Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people who are working hard to get America's schools to serve healthier food, including First Lady Michelle Obama, the $4.5 billion "Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act 2010" prevailed in the lame-duck session of Congress. The new law marks a key step toward potentially transforming the food served in America's public schools.
Preserving food diversity
Zester Daily - 12/11/2010.
By Terra Brockman – After five days of sparkling skies over Turin, Italy, at the end of October, there was "a perturbation in the weather," as the Italians say. And so it was under a heavy gray sky spitting icy rain, that we arrived at the huge Saturday market in Asti, and there my eyes were captured by the sunny-colored peppers of Carmagnola.
World Health Organization calls BPA legislation and control ‘premature’
Treehugger - 12/11/2010.
By Lloyd Alter – TreeHugger was one of the earliest sites to raise concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol A; we were loud in our support for the removal of polycarbonate bottles (an easy target as there are lots of alternatives) and for the elimination of BPA epoxies from tin cans.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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